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This clear, accessible book presents an integrated approach to the study of services that places marketing issues within a broader general management context. It emphasizes the fact that service organizations differ in many important respects from manufacturing businesses, requiring a distinctive approach to planning and implementing marketing strategy. The text includes a strong managerial orientation and strategic focus, use of memorable and conceptual frameworks, references to both recent and classic research findings, use of interesting examples linking theory to practice, and nine classroom-tested cases. Key chapters define services and their importance to the economy, focus on understanding service processes, explore technology and service design and delivery, and look at marketing's role in the service firm. For service managers facing varied challenges in different service settings.
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Principles of Service Marketing and Management, Second Edition, is designed to complement the materials found in traditional marketing principles texts. It avoids sweeping and often misleading generalizations about services, recognizing explicitly that the differences between specific categories of services (based on the nature of the underlying service process) may be as important to student understanding as the broader differences between goods marketing and services marketing.About the Author:
Christopher Lovelock is one of the pioneers of services marketing. Based in Massachusetts, he gives seminars and workshops for managers around the world and also teaches an MBA service marketing course at the Yale School of Management. His distinguished academic career has included 11 years on the faculty of the Harvard Business School and two years as a visiting professor at IMD in Switzerland. He has also held appointments at Berkeley, Stanford, and the Sloan School at MIT, as well as visiting professorships at The University of Queensland in Australia and at both INSEAD and Theseus Institute in France. Christopher obtained a BCom and an MA in economics from the University of Edinburgh, then worked in advertising with the London office of J. Walter Thompson Co. and in corporate planning with Canadian Industries Ltd. in Montreal. Later, he obtained an MBA from Harvard and a PhD from Stanford. Author or coauthor of over 60 articles, more than 100 teaching cases, and 26 books, he serves on the editorial review boards of the International Journal of Service Industry Management, Journal of Service Research, and Service Industries Journal. He is a recipient of the American Marketing Association's Award for Career Contributions to the Services Discipline and a best article award from the Journal of Marketing. He has also been recognized for excellence in case writing and in 2000 won the Business Week European Case Award.
Lauren Wright is a professor and former marketing department chair at California State University Chico. In 1998, she was a visiting faculty fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.Winner of several awards for outstanding undergraduate teaching, Lauren has been recognized as a Master Teacher at CSU Chico and consults with faculty campus-wide on effective teaching techniques. Her name is listed in the 1998 publication Who's Who Among America's Teachers and Strathmore's Who's Who for 1999-2000. She is past chair of the American Marketing Association's Special Interest Group for Services Marketing (SERVSIG), founded the annual SERVSIG Doctoral Consortium, and has served as research director for the International Service Quality Association. She has published numerous articles on service quality, new service success, business process redesign, and innovative teaching pedagogies and has presented her research findings at many national and international conferences. She holds a BS from the University of Oregon and MBA and PhD degrees from Pennsylvania State University, where she won the Marketing Science Doctoral Dissertation Award for her work on the factors affecting new service success.
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